Monday, May 13, 2013
Each week, Lynnfield Patch highlights an item for sale and eBay and uses it to talk about the town's past.
For a small town, Lynnfield has had its fair share of legendary restaurants over the years. One such destination was the Colonial, which in a few short months will begin its new incarnation as the MarketStreet Lynnfield development. You don't have to be a historian with a hearty appetite to appreciate how an old menu offers an intriguing look back to long-ago times. But it helps. That said, here's a look currently for sale on eBay at what George Page had on the menu back in those semi-mythical days when a lot of the patrons may or may not have been wearing Nehru jackets and when Lynnfielders casually rubbed (smoky smelling and suede-patched?) elbows with some of the greatest Boston sports legends ever. Here’s one observation about this …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Group of local residents urging a "no" vote if National Development brings cinema proposal to fall town meeting.
Letter to Editor: We are writing to thank Richard O’Neil for his years of service to the Lynnfield Planning Board. We also want to thank him for, and call attention to, his recent thoughts and comments as it relates to National Development’s proposed cinema. As a long-time member and chairman of the Planning Board and someone who intimately is familiar with this project, his opinions and recommendations should be noted and accepted by all of the residents of Lynnfield. Mr. O’Neil pointed out to the Weekly News recently, that the concept of a cinema was discussed and discarded very early in the process of this project, especially in light of the opposition to the project and the uncertainty of its approval. Mr. O’Neil also commented …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Three of the four selectman candidates talked to residents about MarketStreet Lynnfield-related issuesThursday night at the Old Meeting House.
About 70 people turned out at the Old Meeting House on Thursday night to hear candidates for selectman talk primarily about issues involving the MarketStreet Lynnfield project - and especially the proposed cinema that has been in the news this spring. With just four days before the April 8th town election, candidates Bob MacKendrick, Tom Terranova and Tom Kennedy answered questions from the group as well as from Dave Balise, a former finance committee member who acted as a moderator for the two-hour discussion. Candidate Phil Crawford was unable to attend. The event was a followup to the candidate night that took place at the Lynnfield High School auditorium a couple of weeks ago. Thursday night's forum started with Kennedy inquiring about…
Friday, March 22, 2013
Four candidates running in two races for selectman, with Planning Board candidate Heather Sievers and Lynnfield Housing Authority candidate Barbara Casey participating.
The Lynnfield Business Coalition held its annual candidates forum Thursday night at the Lynnfield High School auditorium, with this year's election primarily focused on the town's two contested selectmen's races. Selectman Bob MacKendrick is running for re-election against challenger Tom Terranova for a three-year term. In the race to finish the one year remaining on the late Al Merritt's term, Tom Kennedy and Phil Crawford are running. The forum features a mix of questions from audience members and moderators. The MarketStreet Lynnfield development figured into many of the questions and responses, especially the recent debate in town over adding a cinema to it. MacKendrick reported that "I do not see a strong groundswell of support for …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Lynnfield resident Joe DeMaina provides a letter to the editor regarding the proposed multiplex that voters will likely consider at the Fall 2013 town meeting.
Thursday, March 21
The following letter was sent by Lynnfield resident Joe DeMaina: National Development should Honor The Agreement that they sought and signed with the townspeople of Lynnfield.They should abandon the idea of a mall multiplex along with a 11% expansion of the complex and a change to agreed upon zoning heights. ND should not try to renege on their signed agreement and promises by trying to renegotiate the terms of their agreement. They should concentrate on what they promised and not try to alter the project as voted upon. The project looks disappointingly less and less like what ND marketed to the town and the town agreed upon.The 81% of townspeople who agreed to the terms should insisted that a deal is a deal and that ND lives up to their …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Location at MarketStreet Lynnfield to feature a bocce court, 18 bowling lanes, and more. Company is also opening locations in Orlando, Chicago and Burlington.
Editor's note: Includes added information from town hall on permitted hours of operation. Selectmen have approved an all-alcohol license for Kings, the bowling alley/restaurant company that is expanding to MarketStreet Lynnfield and several other locations in the coming months. Representatives of the company provided selectmen with a look at the design plan of the Lynnfield location, which will be a 21,000 square foot facility with 18 bowling lanes, a bocce court, some 60 HD television sets, billiards, private bowling space for rent, plus a 192-seat full-service restaurant with another 26 patio seats. Frank Stryjewski, the chief operating officer of Kings, estimated that the new business will cost as much as $6 million to build and will …
Proposed specialty cinema at the MarketStreet Lynnfield site generates debate in town. This letter to local media outlets comes from 59 residents.
Tuesday, March 12
The following letter to the editor was provided by 59 Lynnfield residents in regard to the debate over a proposed specialty cinema that National Development plans to seek voter approval for at the fall town meeting. To the Editor: March 7, 2013 We are writing to request that National Development (“ND”) completely withdraw (not just delay), its proposal to add a multiplex movie theater (“multiplex”) to Market Street. We want ND to honor the character of the development that was proposed and passed by the Town as well as the deal ND struck with the Market Street neighbors in 2007 to gain support for the development. If ND does not withdraw its proposal, and brings this before the Town again next fall, we are asking you to once again vote …
Friday, March 8, 2013
National Development indicates that instead of seeking voter approval for its specialty cinema at the spring town meeting, it will now wait until the fall.
A proposed warrant article for this spring’s town meeting seeking approval for a specialty cinema at MarketStreet Lynnfield has been moved back to the fall town meeting. In a letter announcing the change this week, Ted Tye, managing partner of National Development, wrote that “based on the short time period until town meeting and the need to continue to work on important details of our proposal, we have decided to delay filing a zoning amendment for the addition of a town center cinema at MarketStreet.” If approved by town voters, the proposed cinema would open in late 2014 or early 2015 with Phase 2 of MarketStreet Lynnfield. National Development and supporters of the idea maintain that this is a good fiscal move for the town and also a …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The MBTA and National Development have indicated so far there are no plans for a bus stop at MarketStreet Lynnfield. Others aren't so sure.
Last week, Lynnfield residents Wally McKenzie and Joe DeMaina spoke with this website about their concerns over a proposal by National Development to add what is described as a specialty cinema to Phase 2 of MarketStreet Lynnfield. During that conversation, the two maintained that it's just a matter of time until MBTA bus service comes to Lynnfield - possibly by extending service from the Hannaford's on Route 1 Saugus down Walnut Street. However, in follow-up inquiries with both National Development and the MBTA, this website was told that there are no current plans for bus service at MarketStreet Lynnfield. In these two video clips from Monday's occasionally heated selectmen's meeting, DeMaina indicates that an MBTA source has told him …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In what could be a sign of things to come, even Lynnfield's two current selectmen have differing opinions on a proposed cinema in town.
The debate over a proposed cinema in Lynnfield could become an increasingly rancorous one, with even the town selectmen currently divided on the matter. During a two-plus hour selectmen's meeting on Monday night, dozens of town residents came out to express some very strong concerns about the specialty cinema that National Development plans to ask town meeting voters to approve in April. Ted Tye of National Development had started off the meeting with an update on the project, including on the proposed cinema. More from Tye's update can be seen here. National Development will ask voters at the April 29th town meeting to approve a zoning change allowing an 8-screen specialty cinema that would open with Phase 2 of MarketStreet Lynnfield in …